Tap into your musical and creative talents by making your own band!

Check out Let's drum to learn drumming techniques.


What you need:

  • Some empty, clean tin cans

  • Balloons

  • Rubber bands

  • Chopsticks or sticks

  • Scissors


  1. Cut the end of the balloon with scissors and stretch it over your tin can

  2. Repeat step one but cut some holes in the second balloon. 

  3. Secure the balloon with a a rubber band and get drumming!
    Try cans of different sizes to get different drum sounds!


What you need:

  • A shoe box

  • Scissors

  • Rubber bands

  • Glue

  • Tape

  • Pencils

  • Wrapping paper

  • Markers for decoration



  1.  Cut a hole in the center of your box. Try using a bowl and pencil to trace your circle!

  2. ​Cut the hole out with scissors and glue your box shut. 

  3. Take two pencils and glue them on either side of the hole in your box.

  4. Take your rubber bands and stretch them across the box. Depending on the size of your box, you should be able to stretch three to four rubber bands around your box. Try plucking the rubber bands to make different sounds!

  5. Glue the bottom of your paper towel roll to the side of your box. 

  6. Use markers or paintbrushes to add some flair to your design!


What you need:

  • Paper rowel roll

  • Duct tape

  • Aluminum foil

  • A mixture of corn kernels, rice, and small noodles

  • Construction paper



  1.  Cover one end of the paper towel roll with duct tape.

  2.  Put a tube of aluminum foil inside the paper towel roll.

  3. Mix together your corn kernels, rice, and small noodles.

  4. Fill the paper towel roll a quarter full of your mixture. 

  5. Cover the other end of the paper towel roll with duct tape. 

  6. Wrap construction paper around the toilet paper roll. 


What you need:

  • 5 tall glass containers 

  • Water


  1. Fill glass containers with incrementally different volumes of water (1/5, 2/5, 3/5, 4/5, 5/5)

  2. Tap on the containers with a wooden spoon. What do you hear? The sound will be different depending on the amount of water in the glass. Try to play a song!


Is the sound (pitch) higher or lower when there's more water in the container?


For projects for younger kids, look for Nigel the koala. 

BIG hint! You'll find Nigel in What's different? • Play portal • We Puzzle Together for Tots

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